There’s the phrase “came out of nowhere,” and then there’s the reality of it. Over at NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the show recently turned to Jeff Singer — one of the programming consultants for Montreal’s Just For Laughs (hold on, scratch that, revise it to show his LinkedIn bills him as Executive Programming Consultant and Live Event Producer for Just For Laughs) — to find and book more fresh, young stand-up talent on their program.
When Fallon’s Late Night started (pre-Singer), more than a few of Montreal’s “New Faces” wound up making their TV debuts on the show.
This spring, with Singer booking the comedic talent, we’re seeing new faces before they’re even “New Faces.” In the past three weeks, Late Night has offered network TV debut credits for The Lucas Brothers, Dave Waite, and last night, Joe Machi (see his Rooftop Comedy page).
Joe Machi is a nice guy who writes strong jokes, but if you’ve never seen nor met him before, his presence may catch you off guard. And by may, I mean it will. You’d say, oh, that’s just part of the act. But no. It’s not an act. Even Machi will tell you that, as he does in this first four minutes of his Fallon set. Roll the clip!
NBC and Hulu split off Machi’s closing bit into a separate clip. See how he shows up modern-day politicians for trying to compare people and political parties to Hitler and the Nazis.